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  • Wildebeest Holiday Gift Guide For Dogs & Dog Parents

    Holiday shopping for the special pup in your life but not sure what would make the paw-fect gift? Don’t sweat it, Wildebeest’s got you covered with gift ideas to make any pup feel the magic of the holidays.

    One Size Fits All

    No measuring required, these items come in one perfect size that serves all Beesties big and small – p.s. they are compact enough to fluff any stocking!

    Home For The Holidays

    Welcoming a new member to the family this holiday season? These everyday essentials are perfect for a new Beestie + Pup-parent to be, or those who are just looking to refresh their gear closet with quality items!

    For Dog Parents

    Alamo Treat Pouch is great for any Dog Mom or Dog Dad looking to train and treat on the go. With a magnetic closure that secures treats and some extra room for a few personal items, it makes for a great tool for any dog parent. If you're looking for more room, Farallon Field Day Bag is not only stylish but also is a versatile day bag for any adventure with or without pup. If you happen to know their preferred color choice, don’t forget to browse our gear by color!

    Beestie's Bestsellers

    Our fan faves that are sure-fire crowd pleasers!

    Gift Cards

    Still not sure what gear to give your special Beest or fellow dog lover? Gift them the option to choose what to get and send it to them virtually anytime!

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Nov | 11 | 2022

    Wildebeest Holiday Gift Guide For Dogs & Dog Parents

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  • 7 Dog-Friendly Activities For A Long Weekend

    Three day weekends are great, especially when you have a great companion to spend it with, right?! But sometimes we get overwhelmed or aren’t quite sure what to do other than your typical weekend activities. Keeping things fresh and changing up our routines every now and then are fun and necessary to grow and keep that bond with our beests.

    We put together a list of fun activities to help make the most out of an enjoyable long weekend with your dog. Whether you plan to spend it outdoors adventuring or keep it simple and stay close to home, we have something for everyone and you can easily include your friends, family AND their dogs too!

    1. Take A Day Trip To Somewhere New

    A long weekend is the best time to plan a day trip to somewhere new that you and your beest can explore, make memories and bond together. Plan for some dog-friendly stops along the way or be spontaneous on your adventure, making stops as you go. You can start a bucket list just for you & Beestie and check one off this coming long weekend! New places and experiences with your pup will create a stronger bond while also stimulating them in a healthy way with all the new smells to sniff and explore.

    2. Play Tourist In Your Own Town

    If hitting the road feels like too much, how about exploring the dog-friendly places in your own town? From neighborhood restaurants and watering holes to parks, public landmarks and walking paths that you haven’t been to before, planning a day to scope out different nooks and crannies and perhaps discovering your new favorite dog-friendly spot in town could be a fun and engaging way to spend a holiday weekend with your pup. If you’re mostly going on foot, don’t forget to keep pup on leash and pack some treats, water and water bowl too.

    3. Go For A Splash

    If you and your dog love the water, try spending the day out adventuring in it. Grab your waterproof gear and go swimming at the beach / lake or try a boat ride with your pup – canoeing, kayaking, motorboating, surfing or stand-up paddleboarding are all dog friendly. Just make sure your dog is equipped with a life jacket and is comfortable on a boat.

    4. Make DIY Frozen Dog Treats

    The best part about warm sunny days is the cool refreshing snacks you get to enjoy. Another perk, they are super easy to make with a few simple ingredients that you most likely already have at home. DIY frozen treats are also a great way to track what your pup is eating AND keep pup and yourself stimulated, engaged and entertained. For some easy at homemade treats recipes, check out our Frozen Treats Guide to get you started.

    5. Stay At Home Activities

    If staying in is more your scene, a long weekend is perfect for exploring some indoor activities with your dog to recharge. Decorating and reorganizing for the next coming season is always fun, start swapping out your summer dog gear with your fall ones. You could work on some tricks or do nosework for a more productive activity, or there’s always the good old game of tug or fetch if you need to turn things up! Doing some “doga” meditations and stretches, and painting together can be relaxing or you could have a completely lazy day lounging around the house with your dog. Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, get creative and do things you both love.

    6. Work On Dog Training

    There is no such thing as spending too much time on training. Whether they are puppies, adults, or even seniors, training sessions are always beneficial for you and your dog, even if they are refreshers. Training not only helps our pups become better petizens but it also stimulates them and builds bond with us humans. Grab some high value treats along with a great training treat pouch and find somewhere safe outside to do your session. Giving your dog a change of scenery is a great way to work through distractions and helps build their confidence. You can also try signing up for training, agility classes or other dog-friendly sports.

    7. Backyard Picnic With Fur-ends

    Finding dog friendly places in your area isn’t always easy, especially if it’s a holiday weekend, so why not throw your own dog friendly picnic and invite some friends? This is a great way to get creative and have fun relaxing together with friends and their dogs. The easiest part is you don’t need much for a good picnic in your backyard or a park – get some blankets, good snacks for people and pups (make it a potluck where everyone brings one item), water and of course, and toys for your pup to keep busy.


    As Labor day weekend approaches it also means it's the last of days of enjoying long days in the sun before fall / winter arrives and days get chilly. Weekends are great for running errands or relaxing after a long work week and we may not always get to spend as much of our weekend time with our pups as we’d like, so it’s important to take advantage of the long weekend and do some stimulating activities with our beesties and spend quality with them.

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Aug | 29 | 2022

    7 Dog-Friendly Activities For A Long Weekend

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  • Wildebeest's Guide to Mental Health for Dog Parents

    What exactly is mental health? It’s the well-being of our mental state which affects how we think, feel, and act. According to the World Health Organization there has been a 13% rise in mental health troubles within the last decade. These days especially with the pandemic, excessive social media consumption, climate change and other global happenings around the world, mental health issues are more prevalent in our society than ever. Mental fatigue can cause having low energy, pulling away from usual activities, eating or sleeping too much / too little, or feeling stress and anxiety, and can lead to more severe symptoms that affect our quality of life.

    Many of us have turned to animal companions, such as adopting a new dog or cat to help cope with our mental struggles. Scientific research and studies over the years have proven incredible mental health benefits of the human-animal bond. Animals can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression in people, but they can also suffer from feeling emotions and absorbing our energy. It’s important to check in on our mental state every now and then and address it in a healthy way so we can not only take care of ourselves but also live long, happy lives with our animals together. Here are some actions you can implement for a better mental health and lifestyle for you & beest.

    1. Keep Active

    Exercising is a great way to relieve stress and improve your mood overall. Find an active activity, get those endorphins pumping, and do it with your dog. Get outside and go on a walk or run*, take a hike or a bike ride, do some yoga in your favorite park, or go to an outdoor gym. Staying active & spending quality time together will keep you & pup feeling energetic, sleeping better and in shape physically and mentally.

    * A recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%.

    2. Take A Break

    Whether it’s a break from work, study or personal project, it’s important to step away from whatever we are doing and take a breather. Step outside and look at the sky and take in fresh air, have a play or petting session with your dog, or sit in your favorite part of the house together in silence for a nice break. Social media is a huge outlet for many of us today and yes, there’s no harm in a funny meme or cat video here and there but we can probably all agree that too much social media exposure (even the dog world) can sometimes have a negative effect on our mental health. Taking meaningful breaks from our phones & media can also help clear our heads, minds & perspective.

    3. Share Gratitude 

    Grounding yourself and taking time to appreciate where you are in life sometimes get overlooked. Don’t forget to give yourself credit for how far you have come. Create some time in your day to reflect and share what you're thankful for in your life. You can spend 5-10 mins to either journal your gratitude or meditate on it daily. Practice saying out loud what you’re thankful for as it can be a great type of therapy that calms and relaxes your mind. And share these affirmations with the best listener you have, your dog! :)

    4. Do What You Love

    Spend time doing the things that bring you zen and joy and come up with creative ways to incorporate your dog into those activities / hobbies. If you love to cook, bake some homemade treats for your dog, if you love doing puzzles, get one for your pup so they can work on theirs while you solve yours, or if you love to playing music, create a cozy lounge spot for pup so they can listen. Carving out time to engage in the hobbies we love gives us something to look forward to and distracts / redirects us from stress, worry, comparison and our unhealthy emotions that we experience.

    5. Connect With Others

    The saying “we are who we surround ourselves with” is a positive reminder that we should make the effort to be around others who reinforce positivity and light in us. Find ways to connect with like-minded people or look for new people to build connections with. Strong, healthy social connections are important for mental health as they not only reduce anxiety and depression but they also build self-esteem. For us dog people, we can find and confide in fellow dog parents by going to your local dog park, joining meet-ups / community groups, or checking out social events or venues that are dog friendly.

    Mental health has become an important social topic in recent years and we’re thankful for the increasing awareness, open discussions and resources available today. It can however be overwhelming for those who are experiencing mental struggles to know where to start and what to do exactly to feel better. A great first step is to do what makes us happiest and for a lot of us pet parents, we can always look to start with our animals. But rather than solely relying on our pets to alleviate our mental problems, we can think about how to get them involved whether it’s making new connections through them or staying active and spending time outdoors together.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues and are seeking help, please visit MentalHealth.gov for more information and resources.



    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your beest. We want to be there every step of the way, with our gear & pom pom’s in tow, supporting you & beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship. SHOP OUR GEAR >>>

    May | 26 | 2022

    Wildebeest's Guide to Mental Health for Dog Parents

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  • 5 Things That No One Ever Told You About Being A Dog Parent

    At least once or twice in our journey as dog parents, especially in the beginning, we’ve all stopped and wondered, why has nobody told me about this before? From unexpected trips to the vet because your dog got into something they weren’t supposed to have their nose in, to dealing with pest infestations, and random happenings in between, sometimes figuring things out the hard way just feels like a normal part of being a dog parent. Though it’s hard to be prepared for every little situation that can go wrong with our beests, we thought it would be helpful to put together 5 common but important topics that every dog parent should know about.

    1. Dental Hygiene 

    Taking care of your dog’s teeth and gums as early as possible will prevent a lot of health complications as your dog gets older. Dental disease is one of the most common illnesses in dogs which can cause other health complications such as organ failure, eye issues and tooth loss. It’s recommended that you begin taking care of your pups’ teeth early on or as early as possible. If not taken care of regularly, early signs of dental disease are bad breath, excessive drooling, discolored teeth, or inflamed / bleeding gums and can be seen as early as 2-3 years of age in your dog. As your dog gets to their senior years, dental hygiene becomes one of the key factors attributing to life span and health complications. Most dog parents wished they would have been more proactive and educated on preventive action in their dog’s early years. Our doggy dental guide has more information and tips on ways you can start taking action.

    2. Foxtail

    Foxtail is small sharp prickly clusters of grass that pops up once Spring hits, and it can linger around up until Summer. It is found in tall grass areas, hiking trails, open fields / parks, alongside the road and also sidewalks. Little pieces of foxtail can get stuck on pup’s skin or in their paws and sometimes be inhaled through their nose while they’re sniffing around, triggering sneezing or coughing fits later on. Foxtail can cause serious pain, discomfort, and sometimes bleeding or infection so we recommend inspecting your pup, even if they have no symptoms at all, after every walk / adventure. Check your pup’s face, ears and paws first, then inspect large fur areas such as neck, stomach, and hips. If you suspect foxtail injuries in your dog, look up how to remove or treat them safely (combing it out or using tweezers or your fingers) or call your vet for advice. But some precautions you can take are avoiding tall grass areas or protecting your pup with paw booties or face mask. No one ever tells you about Foxtail injuries and some of us unfortunately have had to learn the hard way. It’s important to remember that educating ourselves (and fellow pet parents) can help prevent these stressful situations and keep our dogs safe. Remember to curb your pup during these warmer seasons and check your neighborhood / hiking trails for any Foxtails as the seasons start to change.

    3. Emergency Bag & Plan

    Harsh weather changes, the global pandemic and natural disasters like wildfires or floods are more common now than ever. Most of us have some sort of plan for ourselves or family put into place for those emergency situations, but a lot of us forget that we also need one specifically for our pups. Emergency situations can be overwhelming and chaotic for a dog at any age, so making sure you have an action plan and an emergency bag ready will prevent a stress filled environment for everyone. Do research on evacuation locations and pet hospitals in your area that are dog safe. Also put together a “go bag” or emergency bag kit just for your pet, including extra food, medication, a first-aid kit and extra gear. Our guide to making your own Emergency Kit lists what important things should be in your kit to help prepare for any situation.

    4. Senior Care & Preventatives

    As humans, most of us take a lot of early prevention so we can live a longer and healthier life and same goes for your beests. Being a dog owner is a lifelong commitment which means that we are also responsible for our pup’s when they get to their senior years. We may not be experienced enough or completely prepared to care for a senior dog but taking precautions and practicing good habits can steer us away from serious health complications later on. Feeding a healthy diet, giving supplements and proper vitamins, keeping a strong immune system and scheduling regular vet visits are some ways to keep beests healthy. Once your dog hits the senior age (as early as 6-7) making sure you make adjustments to accommodate their needs is important, such as taking shorter walks / exercises often so as not to physically overexert your dog, avoiding hard foods / treats that their stomach might not be able to digest anymore, or using steps / ramps to help them get on and off the couch or car as their joints and muscles are not as strong as they used to be. Our senior care guide lists more helpful tips on how to better take care of your senior beesties and what you can start implementing early on.



    5. Fleas & Ticks

    Warmer weather seasons are great for adventures but it also means pests like fleas and ticks are out looking for hosts like your pups to feed off of. 1 in 7 dogs can carry fleas which are tiny insects that feed off your dog’s blood and cause them to intensely scratch and cause severe discomfort. Fleas can also carry bacteria and dirt that can cause your dog to get other health complications. Some signs that your dog might have fleas are if they are scratching, licking, or biting. Another sign might be if you see red bumps on the skin under their fur or if you have small red itchy bites. If not taken care of, fleas can quickly reproduce and infest your home and dog which can take several months to get rid of. We recommend researching a preventative that works for your budget and can be easily added to your routine. Topical and oral medications are available which you can give your dog regularly, along with natural remedies such as lavender plants and apple cider vinegar spray to keep pests away.

    Ticks are similar to fleas but are mainly found outdoors and they prefer to latch onto humans and pets. They are typically bigger than fleas and can carry more bacteria than fleas when they latch on to a host. The best way to remove a tick is with tweezers in an upward and steady motion, it's also important to clean the area and the tools you are using. Once the tick is removed dispose of it in alcohol or a sealed container, or flush it down the toilet, and remember to never crush it with your fingers.

    If you do believe your dog has a flea infestation or is suffering from excessive tick bites ask your vet about a plan of action that is safe for your dog.

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    There is no handbook for being the perfect dog owner, but sharing first hand experiences and constantly educating ourselves is a step in the right direction in making sure we give our pups the happiest & healthiest life. You can never be prepared enough for situations like a flea infestation or a natural disaster but as long as you make a quick plan of action, stay calm and ensure your dog knows they'll be okay…you’ll be able to get through any situation together. 

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    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your beest. We want to be there every step of the way, with our gear & pom pom’s in tow, supporting you & beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship. 
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    Apr | 14 | 2022

    5 Things That No One Ever Told You About Being A Dog Parent

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  • Wildebeest's Guide To Spring Cleaning

    When you think about spring cleaning most of us think about deep cleaning our homes, decluttering junk and old clothes, and making our spaces feel fresh to welcome the new season. But what about spring cleaning for our furry family members?

    As much as we love our pets, having them in our homes exposes us and them to dirt, pests, and unwanted bacteria. We may not always think about cleaning as a preventative care method for our pups, but doing so will help keep everyone happy and healthy. So here are some easy spring cleaning to-do’s for you! 

    SORT

    The best time to say goodbye to the toys & gear that have been destroyed – or shall we say, well-loved! – that you have been avoiding to throw out is now. Go through your pup's gear box and sort through stuff that can be disposed of, stuff that can be donated that you or pup no longer want, and stuff that need to be washed.

    If you have any Wildebeest gear that are outgrown, worn & torn, or damaged, email us about our Wild4Life Warranty to see how we can help replace or repair it.

    WASH

    It’s always a good idea to wash your dog's essentials once every season or two but especially important when transitioning from winter to spring as the warmer weather brings out the pests we aren’t very fond of – fleas and ticks. Gather all your dog’s washable items such as the bed, blankets, towels, toys, gear (collar, leash, harness), clothes + accessories to prevent any pests from invading your home. If possible, use pet safe and toxic-free detergent when washing your dogs belongings. For toys, avoid using dryer sheets in the dryer and hand wash any non-plush toys. Most silicone based toys and dog bowls made out of silicone, ceramic or stainless steel are dishwasher safe. You can also clean toys & dog bowls by hand with baking soda, white vinegar, and warm water if you rather not throw them in the washing machine.

    DONATE

    Just like us, our pups grow out of styles and sizes in their gear or clothing. Sort through it and make a donation bag of clean things they no longer wear or fit into that are still in good condition. A great place to donate these items are to your local animal shelters / organizations who are always in need of extra gear. Another option is to hand them down to friends or family members who might be welcoming a new pup.

    DEEP CLEAN

    Clean the areas where your pet hangs out the most – sofa, rugs + carpets, yard, crate, food corner, doggy doors etc. Vacuum and/or mop these areas to start. Use lint rollers, a broom, or damp disposable gloves for removing any pet hair. For deodorizing carpets or sofas, sprinkle baking soda in the area, let sit for 10-15 mins then vacuum. Baking soda is a powerful alkaline solution that effectively removes stains and odor. Any other hang out areas can be cleaned with warm water, soap, and white vinegar or with pet safe cleaning products. For anything plastic like a crate tray or food bowls, use warm soapy water and then let them air dry. 

    WATCH FOR EXPIRY

    Treats, canned food / kibble, and medications do have expiration dates. It’s important to go through these as they accumulate over time and get rid of anything that is expired. Make sure to properly dispose of them so your dog doesn’t get into it resulting in a trip to the vet. Products like shampoos, flea treatments, cleansers can also expire so make sure to double check those as well.

    DECLUTTER + REORGANIZE

    Keeping your dog's stuff tidy and organized is a big time saver and a good feeling to have but we are often guilty of saying “I’ll do it later '' or holding onto things you no longer use. Take time to declutter anything no longer used and reorganize the space where you keep pup’s stuff. Make it a fun project to spruce up that area and channel your inner Marie Kondo. Having a clean and organized space will help keep the clutter away until next Spring Cleaning!



    GROOM

    The most important tip of all, a clean pooch! After cleaning their space and toys, your pup wants to feel fresh and clean too. Set some time aside afterwards to give them a good grooming session. If you decide to groom them yourself make sure to trim their nails, clean up the hair around their paw pads, give them a haircut, and a good puppy bath. It’s also the perfect time to start or refill on any flea and tick prevention. 
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    You’ll be surprised how much healthy and happier your pups will be after a good spring cleaning. Keep in mind that a fresh feeling home should be kept up with all year round, so implement a routine that works best for you and your family. We suggest sorting toys & gear, washing bedding, and checking for any expired food & medications as often as possible. Deep cleaning furniture, grooming your dog, and decluttering can be done less often, yet making regular cleaning habits will save you time when next spring rolls around, allowing more time to enjoy with Beest!

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your beest. We want to be there every step of the way, with our gear & pom pom’s in tow, supporting you & beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship. SHOP OUR GEAR >>>

    Mar | 13 | 2022

    Wildebeest's Guide To Spring Cleaning

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  • 5 Ways To Make Your Pup Feel Special

    We are all guilty of getting a little too busy or distracted with work and personal life that we sometimes forget how important setting one-on-one time aside for our pets can be.

    In the spirit of “Love Your Pet Day” (Feb 20th) we want to share 5 things you can do to make your pup feel extra special and unconditionally loved to bring your bond closer together.

    1. DIY DOG TREATS

    Homemade goodies are a great way to any’s heart, especially your dog’s. Find some recipes with ingredients that your pup likes or that they could benefit from. There are also so many easy homemade treat options if baking isn’t for you such as frozen or dehydrating recipes. Start with your pup’s top favorite ingredient, remember to have fun with it and don’t be afraid to get your pup involved. Try letting them watch you put the ingredients together or lick the bowl / spoon in between ingredients for a little taste test! Check out our DIY treat guides (frozen OR baked) to get you started on some easy ideas.

    2. DATE NIGHT

    Set up a doggie date night and treat your dog to some quality time with you and your family. :) Switch up their usual dinner food to something they only get for special occasions like a fresh food meal or frozen dog patties. Then after dinner pick a movie / show / background music and get cozied up for some relaxing time together. 

    3. UNINTERRUPTED QUALITY TIME

    Stepping away from our devices isn’t always easy and getting side-tracked when we bring them with us doesn’t help either. Make sure to set aside your smart devices from time to time and truly be present with your dog when you are taking them out for a walk or playing with them at the park. Having your undivided attention will strengthen your bond with your beest and you may be surprised how it changes your relationship for the better. Check out our guide on what you can do to build a stronger bond with your dog HERE.

    4. A NEW ADVENTURE

    Nothing can be more exciting for your pup than getting to see / smell something new with their favorite person… you! Take them to somewhere they (or neither of you) have never been before such as a new neighborhood or hiking trail. If you bring your pup out to social gatherings like outdoor cafes or beer gardens, try going somewhere new. Checking out the new pet store that opened near your area or taking a trip to a new city. Experiencing new adventures together will really make your pup feel special.

    5. A NEW TOY + TREAT

    Every dog has a favorite toy or treat that makes the world a little brighter in their eyes. Whether it’s a new squeaky toy, something new to wear, or a delicious type of treat, you’ll see their immediate excitement with a waggy tail and a big smile! Splurge on something they love like a new squeaky toy or interactive game. Or try putting away an old favorite toy for a couple of months and bringing it back out – it’s like a brand new toy! :D 

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    There are so many different ways that we show our love to our beests on a daily basis. But we encourage you to mix in some special activities or days where you take the time and effort with an intention. Every pup’s unique so find out what your pup’s “love language” is and treat them to that every now and then. This will help strengthen your bond with beest and make them feel special and loved unconditionally, just like they do for us.

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your beest. We want to be there every step of the way, with our gear & pom pom’s in tow, supporting you & beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship. SHOP OUR GEAR >>>

    Feb | 14 | 2022

    5 Ways To Make Your Pup Feel Special

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  • 8 Pawsome DIY Dog Halloween Costumes

    Temps are falling, days are shortening, & the spookiest day of the year is right around the corner! While a sharp All Weather Jacket is the essential fall staple, it wouldn’t be Halloween without doggie costumes.

    Whether you’re going to a puppy Halloween party or just taking an extra long walk around the block, these DIY costumes are easy to make, comfortable for pup, & sure to get the neighborhood talking.

    1. Ghost Dog

    Heather Handmade

    A classic costume that's also perfect if your short on time. But what if you want to take your boo-thang to the next level. Transform your pup into one of the cutest and iconic ghost dogs of all time.

    2. Pup Witch / Wizard

    Another good old classic you can never go wrong with: a Witches & Wizards! The main item is of course the hat, and you can get creative with the rest - a cape, dress or just a piece of tulle scarf around the neck will get you in the spooky mood!

    3. Squid Gamer

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    Who hasn't watched the Netflix series "Squid Games" Yet? This show's been wildly popular since it came out this Fall (2021) and has been trending all over social media and is sure to be a hot new Halloween costume option this year. Why not dress up your pup as a player or worker -- they'll definitely be the talk of the block!

    4. Dinosaur / Dragon Dog

    Dinosaur or dragon? Either way, it’s adorable. Combining a small hoodie with felt scales makes for pups that are festive and cozy as you trick or treat into the evening.

    5. Sushi Roll

    This tasty looking costume just uses velcro and felt, so it's inexpensive and easy to create. It's the perfect costume for any size doggo and is great if you need costumes for multiple pups in your pack... the more the sushi the better!

    6. S’more Treats, Please

    You already know your pup is the sweetest, so why not show them off? This s’mores costume comes together easily with some basics and will harken the cozy memories of autumn nights around the fire.

    7. Pup-kin Latte

    What could be cuter? Your dog dressed up as your favorite sweet treat! This is a fun creative costume that requires minimal supplies to put together and can be customized to your favorite coffee shop.

    8. Mummy Dog

    Possibly the most simple costume you can throw together last minute. But a solid option nonetheless! Prepare ample about of rolled gauze or bandage (some elasticity may help keep it on pup) to cover your pup sufficiently. Stay clear of their face / snout and private parts so they can breath + go potty conveniently. If you want to spookify this costume even more, add some fake blood to the bandage!

    Whatever you end up dressing up as, be safe out there this Halloween and most importantly -- HAVE FUN, Beesties!

    Wildebeest creates durable, stylish dog gear. Equipping your best friend for all of your adventures while providing a Wild4Life guarantee, we’re committed to creating products the entire family will love.

    Oct | 27 | 2021

    8 Pawsome DIY Dog Halloween Costumes

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  • Wildebeest's Guide to Senior Dog Care

    Taking care of your dog is a lifelong commitment. As pet parents we want to give our dogs a happy and healthy life throughout their time with us. Just like us humans, getting older for dogs can mean physical challenges such as loss of sight, hearing and smell, and a decrease in energy level and sometimes health issues.

    According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, your dog, depending on the breed, would be considered a senior as early as age 6 or 7 which is about 40-50 years in human years and can benefit from a lifestyle shifted to meet their needs as older pets.

    In this blog article, we want to highlight the importance of taking early health precautions and list a few things that you can start implementing to maintain your senior pup’s wellbeing and maximize their lifespan as the years go on.
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    1. A HEALTHY DIET

    What you feed your pup is basically what they’re made of. You may want to or need to consider changing up their diet as they grow older and based on specific health needs that may arise.

    Daily diets that incorporate above-average protein, below-average calories, and no high-risk preservatives are generally good anti-aging formulas to look for. Depending on your dog’s specific dietary needs, you may consider adding supplements (more on that topic later), probiotics, pumpkin for increased fiber intake, and steamed dark green veggies (ex. Kale, broccoli, spinach) for calcium, antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients to their current or senior catered diet.

    There are many great food options out there today so we encourage you to do some research to find the option that best serves you & your senior pup. And remember to feed your dog proper portions according to their size, weight and exercise levels. 

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    2. A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM

    Just like humans, taking care of your dog’s immune system can help prevent more severe illnesses or diseases. Dog parks, vet offices, city streets and many other places that you visit on the daily can expose your dog to harmful bacteria or parasites. A strong immune system helps fight these harmful elements and keeps your dogs healthy. A compromised immune system can cause diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, joint pain, and much worse and senior dogs are much more vulnerable. Some ways to keep the immune system strong are:

    • Proper hygiene - bathe your dog regularly to eliminate bad bacteria / parasites that your dog may pick up
    • An ideal weight for their size and age - consult a veterinarian on what a healthy weight looks like for your dog and how many calories they should be consuming
    • Rich antioxidant foods that are safe for dogs - like beans, apples, berries, cooked potatoes, cabbage, and broccoli can be fed safely and in moderation
    • Clean toys and bowls - these are germ magnets as your dog touches everything with their mouth / nose after being outside, clean these with non-toxic cleaners
    • Keep them stress free - avoid situations and environments that cause your dog to get anxious and remember that they can pick up on your stress as well
    • Ask your vet - next time you go in for a comprehensive exam, ask your vet what other ways you can help boost your dog’s immune system

    3. SUPPLEMENTS

      Increasing your pup’s intake of nutrients can be easily achieved with the help of supplements. You can find most options in treat forms or easily add to your dog's meals. Consult with your vet to see what supplements your senior dog would benefit from. Some general supplements beneficial for senior dogs are:

      • Omega-3 / fish oils - helps with brain activity, eyesight, heart and kidney function, immune system and keeping skin and coat smooth and shiny
      • Senior chewable formula - contains vitamins and minerals to support overall health
      • Hip & Joint - supports hips and joints against pain and deteriorating range of motion with active ingredients like omega-3 and glucosamine.
      • Bladder Control - supports normal bladder control and immune system function 
      • Heart Health - increases nutrients of L-carnitine and Coenzyme Q10 (older dogs don’t have enough in their bodies) and supports cardiovascular health 

      4. DAILY EXERCISE

      No matter what age your dog happens to be, giving them daily exercise is always important. Although senior dogs may not be able to be as active like they were as a pup, make sure to maintain that daily exercise and slow things down for them. A leisurely stroll around your neighborhood, initiating play time, or swimming (hydrotherapy) are great exercises for senior pets. Daily exercise can also lessen the chances of joint problems as consistent movement of muscles will support joints and keep them limber.

      For more activity ideas, check out our “Guide to staying active indoors & out

      5. MENTAL STIMULATION & PLAY

      Dogs crave for both mental and physical stimulation, but once your dog starts to get older you should increase the amount of mental stimulation especially as they start to encounter challenges with getting enough physical stimulation. Keeping their minds stimulated will increase their happiness and health.

      Consider getting your dog puzzle toys / mats or planting treats in a room of the house for them to smell out. Any fun and creative activity that gets them using their brains will keep them sharp and focused as they get older.

      For more indoor activity ideas, check out the Exercise + Activity section from our blog article “Guide to staying at home with your dog in a pandemic”, or “Guide to staying active indoors & out

      6. REGULAR VET VISITS

      Vets recommend scheduling a visit every 6 months for senior dogs. These are wellness exams to keep a closer eye on your dog’s health so that they can catch any developing conditions early and provide treatment as soon as possible. Ask your vet about scheduling routine checkups for your senior dog.
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      If given the opportunity to stop time and keep our furry friends around forever, we probably wouldn’t hesitate to do so. But growing older is a natural progression that happens to all of us and the best we can do as caretakers of our beests is to provide them with a healthy, happy life full of love and special moments that they so deserve.

      We’re most certain that staying proactive and conscious of your dog’s basic needs -- both physical and mental -- and remembering to venture out together and build your bond with them along the way... will bring about a truly fulfilling life and companionship that we all dream about.

      Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your beest. We want to be there every step of the way, with our gear & pom pom’s in tow, supporting you & beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship. SHOP OUR GEAR

      Oct | 21 | 2021

      Wildebeest's Guide to Senior Dog Care

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